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Williston Churches Seek Gun Permission

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The debate over gun control continues nationwide, but tonight in Williston, the debate will center around guns in churches.

Gary Brode tells us why some pastors are pushing for the option of guns in their churches.

You would not expect this... to be here. That's because state law prohibits concealed weapons in church. However, a current bi-law allows cities to have their own laws regarding the matter and this has some pastors in Williston welcoming the option of allowing some people to have concealed weapons in their church.

(Will Page, Pastor, Cornerstone First Baptist Church) "We've reached a situation in this country, where it's become tragically obvious that gun free zones are dangerous. That telling someone here is a place that you can go and you can shoot with impunity until the police show up is just dangerous.

Page believes no longer being labeled as a gun free zone gives the church better protection from those with evil intent. The pastor says his church would vote whether or not to allow concealed weapons in church only after the law is passed.

(Will Page, Pastor, Cornerstone First Baptist Church) "As pastors we have a responsibility to protect the flock."

(Gary Brode, KX Reporter) "Rev. Page believes that the option of carrying a concealed weapon, here at the Cornerstone Baptist Church would help to protect his congregation. However, one city commissioner wants to how and why?"

(Tate Cymbaluk, City Commissioner) "I'm curious of the rationale, I'd like to see what it is they are concerned about... I feel comfortable going to church, any church in this community... If there is one place outside of your home to feel safe, it should be a church."

While Cymbaluk feels people should be able to have guns, he was caught off guard when he first heard the idea of wanting guns in church. As someone who knows the Williston area, former Sheriff of Williams County Senator Stan Lyson, has never carried a concealed weapon into church, nor did he want to

(Stan Lyson, Senator) "Be realistic with yourselves, not with what people are saying. Do you honestly believe that you can pull the trigger on another person? If you can't, then leave the thing at home because all it is, is a hammer."

A resolution for the law will be heard and voted on tonight. If the vote passes, a public hearing will take place within the next few weeks. If the vote does not pass, the pastors in favor of concealed weapon law may still be in luck. A bill allowing churches to have concealed weapons recently passed the House legislature and will be voted on in Senate soon.

In Williston, Gary Brode, KX News.

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